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Sheet Music: Also sprach Zarathustra

TitleAlso sprach Zarathustra
Alternate titlesThus Spoke Zarathustra
Thus Spake Zarathustra
Opus numberOp. 30
ComposerRichard Strauss (1864–1949)
InstrumentationFlute and Organ
KeyC major
RangeC4–C7
Time signature4/4
Tempo69 BPM
Performance time1:50
Difficulty levelintermediate
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (58 kB) (preview)
Download audio tracksMIDI (3 kB) MP3 (1.3 MB)
Play-along accompanimentMIDI (3 kB) MP3 (1.3 MB)
Date added2009-07-21
Last updated2009-07-21
Categories20th century, Film music, Symphonic poems

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Tuesday 21 July 2009

Tune of the Day: Also sprach Zarathustra

Celebrating 40 years since man landed on the Moon.
Sunrise

Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (in English “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”) is a symphonic poem by Richard Strauss, composed in 1896 and inspired by Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophical treatise of the same name.

Its introduction, which we are proposing today in an arrangement for flute and organ, has become well-known owing to its use as the key musical motif in Stanley Kubrick's 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.